Wilcox Pass

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Wilcox Pass is a 9.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
522 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

snow

hiking
2 months ago

Completed Wilcox Pass on Sept 23, 2018 on the way to Jasper. Fantastic Hike, well worth the stop! great rewarding family hike if you want a bit of a challenge too. You’re at high altitude so slow and steady wins the race! Completed in about 3 hours with plenty of stops to take pictures.

Well maintained switchback trail, once you pass the red Muskoka chairs the trail thins out but is still easily identifiable. We also saw the Herd of big horn sheep! Stopped once we reached the pass — noticed quite a few folks pushing further up (set aside 4-6 hours depending on your skill level for that.

We reached the pass where the tundra opened up and the views were breathtaking. Seeing the glacier on one side and an open tundra on the other is like no other! We even found a Geocash! So cool!

2 months ago

Great hike with awesome views

hiking
3 months ago

Did this one last Saturday starting around 9 AM. We got there early and had a chance to explore the pass before the weather clouded over and rain arrived. A moderate switchbacked trail approach to the tree line and then a pleasant uphill walk among alpine tundra to the pass. We encountered a small group of bighorn sheep just off the trail that were wary but undeterred by our presence as they grazed among the rocks. The views seems to go on for miles and we walked along the faint trail beyond the pass marker for about a mile before the winds prompted us to turn back. At 7700 ft. it’s cold and windy but worth it. The views remind one of the Scottish Highlands and are otherworldly given the minimal effort expended to reach them. There is a side trail to an overlook of the Athabasca Glacier from the pass that we opted not to explore given the awesome views of the Columbia Icefield leading up the trail.

3 months ago

Really enjoyed this one! So many interesting views, and we saw a large herd of bighorn sheep which was a bonus. It was pretty busy on a Friday afternoon, but everyone was polite.

Those not looking for a big hike can stop halfway at the red Adirondack chairs looking out over the Athabasca Glacier, but the meadow up toward the top is absolutely stunning and worth seeing!

There’s a steady incline with some rocky portions, but not a tough hike by any means. We saw lots of different age groups (and a few dogs) up there.

Don’t miss this one!

hiking
3 months ago

I was looking forward to doing this hike and it didn’t disappoint. Much of it was uphill and we climbed quickly to amazing views. Both the red chairs and the bighorn sheep were a bonus. It’s a fun, interesting hike. The only disappointment was at the top, no glacial lake or real reward as we’re used to in Colorado, BUT this was still a fabulous hike on a beautiful sunny day!

hiking
3 months ago

2018.08 easier than expected. loved mountain top views and red chairs.

3 months ago

Beautiful views from bottom to top!

3 months ago

Great walk with nice balance of vertical and walking. Big horn sheep are a bonus.

4 months ago

Incredible hike. The views start relatively early in the hike, so it’s worth doing even if you only want complete a short part of it. The views at the top are absolutely stunning. One of my favorites.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, makes for a good day trip. It’s a fairly easy hike and has rewarding views at the top! Would recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice travelled path but didn't feel like I was just walking on a trail. Lots of wide areas to rest and good view at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Did that hike on a whim while driving on the ice field park ways, and this was a great decision! Relatively quick ascent for stunning views of the glaciers, far from the tourist crowd on the road (even if a lot of people climb this path). Kinda cold and windy but worth it :)

hiking
4 months ago

A very worthwhile hike. Not very strenuous. Be prepared to dodge fellow humans but at least the bugs are far and few between. Great views from most of the trail but the best when you reach the very top.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views throughout this hike! Wilcox ridge is a must for an amazing view of the ice fields.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a premier hike in the Canadian Rockies and it is not difficult to access or hike. You quickly get into views of the Columbia ice field, Mt. Athabasca, the Athabasca Glacier, and Dome Glacier. The views are spectacular!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail with a real variety of scenery. Views of the glaciers were outstanding. Side trip to the ridge was worth it as you could see all of the glaciers from that vantage point. Be prepared for changing weather. It was sunny when we started, but snow accompanied us on the return trip. Strolled by a heard of big horn sheep hunkered down just off the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy hike! Lots of different scenery. I recommend going for Wilcox Peak while you're in the area if you're up for a bit of a challenge.

5 months ago

One of my faves.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views. Some snow still up top. Couldn’t find the trail but still a lovely trail!

snowshoeing
8 months ago

Awesome hike great views

hiking
10 months ago

This is a simple trail and the views are phenomenal! There’s the glaciers, mountains, river and if you’re lucky...a heard of mountain sheep to walk past! The sheep are really tame so there’s nothing to worry about. They were curious about my pup, but my pup isn’t phased by wildlife so it was fine. This trail is just a fun way to take a break from the more challenging hikes while still having gorgeous views. You just want to get there early though to avoid the crowds!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy trail with amazing views

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

Plenty of beautiful scenery on this relatively easy trail.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

so busy but awesome views

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice hike. Busy until you get past the red chairs. Were able to see some mountain goats.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

Hike up on July16th to the red chairs. But, too crowded and was unpredictable weather hit the rainhail storms along the way. Hike up a little bit early.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Wildflowers are out. Minimal snow up to Wilcox Ridge. Amazing views with a gradual effort up to the pass and ridge.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful hike if you only have a few hours. Hike into the pass then head towards Icefields Parkway for a up close view of the Columbia Icefields. A cairn monument to Walter Wilcox marks the top of the lookout. Still some snow coverage in late June, but certainly worth it.

hiking
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One of the most fantastic hikes I have ever been on in my life and not far off the main road going through Banff. There is an extension (overnight ) I want to try sometime.

hiking
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Parker Ridge which is a popular/easier hike is right across the highway, do that one as well as you get some awesome views and is only about a 2 hour up and down. Wilcox Pass: Nice flowers and views as you do a moderate climb for a 1.5 miles than a fairly steep hike for the last 1 mile up to the pass. Bring the binoculars, once you get to the pass watch the slopes for Big Horns and Goats, saw both on our hike!

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